Arctic Partnership Week, South Korea

During Arctic Partnership Week in Busan, South Korea, Arctic Frontiers and the Korean Maritime Institute hosted two sessions, Blue technology for ocean and ice observations and the International Arctic Science Cooperation Seminar 2023.


Blue technology for ocean and ice observations

Co-organized by: Arctic Frontiers and Korea Maritime Institute 

Date/Time: Monday, December 11th, from 16:00-18:00 KST.


Long-term, regular observations of sea ice characteristics, along with monitoring of physical ocean conditions are crucial for safe shipping and blue economy (ocean-based economy) operations. This will become particularly important in the coming decades, as sea ice becomes less predictable due to climate change. Furthermore, expected traffic increases along new shipping routes and increased competition from the blue economy sector will further enhance the need for smart, innovative technological solutions for observations and monitoring.  

In this academic session, invited speakers presented the latest technological developments and improvements for observing and monitoring the Arctic Ocean and sea ice and for sustainable Green shipping in the Arctic Ocean, including autonomous vessels, acoustic operations for fishing, AI and remote sensing for shipping and smart networks for scientific observations.  


Welcoming remarks

Ambassador Anne Kari Hansen Ovind, Royal Norwegian Embassy

Anu Fredrikson, Executive Director, Arctic Frontiers

MinSu Kim, Deputy President, Korean Maritime Institute


  • Arctic Passion Observations Project 

Dr. Heikki Lihavainen, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS), Arctic Passion Observations Project

  • Eco-friendly container ship for Arctic

Senior Researcher Seong-Yeob Jeong (정성엽), Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean engineering

  • AI for tracking illegal fishing

Mr. Martin Skedsmo, Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT)

  • Eco-friendly icebreaking maritime autonomous surface ship

Prof. Se Won Kim (김세원), Se Jong University

  • Using satellite images to ensure safe shipping in the Arctic 

Prof. Malin Johansson, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

  • Advancements in Technology for Reducing Carbon Footprint in Glacier and Sea Ice Observation

Principal Researcher Emilia Kyung Jin (진경), Korea Polar Research Institute of Marine Research

Moderated Panel Discussion

Panel moderated by Anu Fredrikson, Arctic Frontiers

Closing remarks

Image shows panel of speakers. The person moderating the conversation is Anu Fredrikson, Executive Director of Arctic Frontiers.

Image shows group attending Arctic Partnership Week standing on a podium.

Image shows Arctic Partnership Week logo


 International Arctic Science Cooperation Seminar 2023

Date/Time: Monday, December 11, 2023; 14:00-16:00 KST

Venue: BPEX Convention Hall, Busan

Co-organized by: Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), Royal Norwegian Embassy in Seoul, and
Embassy of Denmark/Innovation Centre Denmark Seoul and Arctic Frontiers 

The world is currently confronting the undeniable effects of the climate crisis, particularly in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Understanding the consequences of these transformations on global climate, biodiversity, and societies is more urgent than ever. However, the vast, remote, and dangerous nature of the polar regions makes it nearly impossible for a single program to fully grasp the rapid changes at play.

This challenge underscores the critical need for international, long-term research coordination, as highlighted by initiatives like the 4th International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP IV) and the 5th International Polar Year (IPY). Some of the key questions that would aid in understanding the process include: What are the benefit of coordination in international Arctic science, and their role in addressing the climate crisis? How can the process help to accelerate the involvement of multiple knowledge and stakeholders, including the Arctic Indigenous Peoples? How can the Korean program strategically engage with and contribute to these efforts?

Key experts from the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) provided us with valuable insights, enhancing our understand of the ICARP IV and IPY processes, their expected outcome, and offered guidance on the approach the Korean program should adopt to effectively navigate these crucial global endeavors.


 Opening Address

  • Sung-Ho Kang, President, Korean Maritime Institute
  • Anne Kari Hansen OvindAmbassador of Norway to South Korea
  • Svend OllingAmbassador of Denmark to South Korea


Oral Talks

  • Henry Burgess, President, IASC
  • David HikChief Sceintist and Executive Director of Programs, Polar Knowledge Canada
  • Yeadong Kim, President, SCAR


Discussion: Future opportunities, implications for Korea and beyond

Moderated by Anu Fredrikson, Executive DirectorArctic Frontiers 
  • Jacob IsbosethsenMinister, Greenland Representation 
  • Henry Burgess, President, IASC
  • Yeadong Kim, President, SCAR
  • David HikChief Sceintist and Executive Director of Programs, Polar Knowledge Canada


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